I certainly have a long way to go before I can claim that I am any sort of wine expert. However, last night, I took a baby step in that direction by starting the course that will lead to my earning a foundational certificate from the Wine Spirit and Education Trust, based in the UK. The course is quite basic, and it is followed by the intermediate and advanced levels. But I definitely think it’s necessary to have something like this on my resume to prove that I’m not just downing bottles of wine to improve my knowledge. The instructor and director at the Cleveland Wine School, Marianne Frantz, is awesome. She’s extremely down to earth and not at all a wine snob. In fact, among the bottles of wine hanging in the school/store, she includes a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20, she says, to remind us that “We’ve all thrown up something like that at one time or another.” How true! The first course took us through the winemaking process, and we tasted six wines, as well as four “solutions” that helped us identify sweetness, acidity, alcohol, and tannins in wine. It was all very informative, and I’m looking forward to the next course! It’s only 3 courses, once a week, and then we take the exam. Of the wines we tasted, I really enjoyed the Zilliken Butterfly Riesling (Germany) and Matua Sauvignon Blanc (NZ), both wineries I had never heard of. Taking this class definitely inspires me to perhaps teach about wine some day!
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